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We represent people and organisation who want the best defence and the best result possible.

Among the 18 lawyers at our firm, six are Law Institute Accredited Specialist Criminal Lawyers. All Doogue + George lawyers have been involved collectively in hundreds of jury trials and many thousands of other cases.

We take pride in representing and defending people accused of wrongdoing.

Our lawyers act for you whether you are pleading not guilty or pleading guilty.

Our experience in appearing regularly at Royal Commissions, Inquests and many White Collar criminal cases will be used to your advantage. Our solicitors have appeared in many large cases involving insider trading, large fraud allegations, ASIC charges and are currently involved in cases alleging large money laundering and charges of Bribery of Foreign Officials.

By choosing Doogue + George as your lawyers you will:

  • Have confidence that you will get the best result when accused of wrongdoing
  • Protect your reputation as you navigate complex criminal and regulatory problems
  • Access the best legal resources to avoid the danger of an unjust sentence or a wrongful conviction

There is no expungement of criminal records in Victoria so it is important to deal with issues of conviction and non-conviction with a full understanding of the Court process.


Bail
Applications


If someone is in custody, we can arrange for a criminal lawyer to do a “bail application” to try to get them of custody.

We have much experience in contested bail applications and also in negotiating appropriate bail conditions for people to be released on.

Being prepared properly for a bail application is extremely important.


Sex
Crimes


We have successfully defended many alleged sex offences both at committal and at trial. Prison is often the only option for the Court if a person is found guilty of a sex offence. We know there are many people who are wrongly charged with sex offences and need strong representation on their behalf.

Sex offences are incredibly confronting for clients. For the innocent person who has had a false allegation made against them they are facing many years in prison and lengthy periods of time (or life) on the Sex Offender Registry.


Drugs



Generally you are using drugs if you have been charged with drug offences. One of our main aims, if you are pleading guilty, is to try to find suitable rehabilitation or counselling for you prior to appearing at Court. It is important to show the Court that you are making an effort to get your life back on track.It is also often a very important issue to try to avoid conviction for minor possession charges as it can effect your future employment and your overseas travel.

If you are pleading not guilty drug cases often rely on us analysing large quantities of telephone intercepts to show that the Police case is misunderstanding what that evidence shows.


Drink Driving
and Traffic


Our drink driving lawyers have handled a large number of drink driving cases where clients are charged with exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol or driving under the influence. Often in drink driving cases you are trying to keep the Magistrate to the minimum penalty and to stop them imposing extra disqualification periods.

 

We have appeared in many culpable driving cases including successfully defending truck drivers in both the Kerang and Trawalla cases where trains have crashed into trucks at crossings. We use crash reconstruction experts and other experts to present your position better to the Court.


Assault
and Violence


The Courts and Judges are imposing much heavier sentences for crimes of violence such as gross violence charges. The Victorian gross violence legislation involves circumstances where they can impose a minimum mandatory sentence of 4 years in prison, regardless of whether you have been in trouble before.

Often, people are innocent of assault charges but end up charged because they won the fight or were simply defending themselves. There are also  often issues surrounding the truth of what is alleged and where a person is mistakenly identified as being involved.


Theft



People can get in trouble because they are struggling to make ends meet. Often, if you are pleading guilty to theft offence, you have an explanation for the situation you are in. It is our job to explain that properly to the Magistrate or Judge.There are also, often issues about whether you are guilty of an offence due to a factual error or, in fact, you are innocent of any offending.

Your biggest concern may be to try to avoid a conviction, which will affect your future employment. In these situations, our solicitors would try to arrange a diversion or gather the material to support a submission that you should not get a conviction.

We are advocates for change.

At Doogue + George we believe in social justice and civil liberties for all people.

We have a team of lawyers dedicated to causes that we believe infringe your rights.